The Goodness of Seeds

February 2, 2007 | Filed Under Nutrition Update 

The form of vitamin E found in plant seeds but not in most supplements – gammatocopherol – may slow the growth of cancer cells, according to study at Purdue University. Researchers found that gammatocopherol inhibited human prostate and lung cancer cell division in the lab, while leaving healthy cells alone. It’s too soon to say how much gammatocopherol humans need, but now there’s one more reason to much on these healthy sources: Walnuts and almonds. Natural E offers cancer protection.

Meanwhile Spanish researchers have discovered that walnuts can help recondition your blood vessels by making the lining of your circulatory system more pliable and less prone to cholesterol buildup. The net result, according to the researchers, is a projected 11 per cent reduction in the risk of heart disease. Walnuts are a powerful source of omega-3 fatty acids, which improve membrane fluidity in all cells, and L-arginine, which is the precursor molecule of nitrous oxide, a vasodilator. Have a handful a day.

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